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Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris announced the county just experienced the second pediatric death in the state of North Carolina since the start of the pandemic.
Harris made the announcement during a virtual news conference Tuesday afternoon. Harris did not provide any additional information regarding that death.
"This is not an acceptable situation for Mecklenburg County," Harris said. "We need to continue to stay focused on how we can prevent it from happening again."
Mecklenburg County announced Tuesday that public health will be opening additional appointments for the first three weeks of February for Groups 1 and 2 based on anticipated vaccine supply. Appointments will be available for scheduling beginning Jan. 21 at 8:30 a.m.
In the county, that's about 80,000 people. But the health department isn't expected to vaccinate all of them, some people could be in long term care facilities or go through the hospital systems.
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